Category: Evidence for Policy

Context, Agency, Authority and Power – Key considerations for early career researchers engaging with local policy

Policy engagement is often described in terms that are universal and without specificity to the individuals undertaking this kind of research. Sarah Weakley and David Waite argue that for early career researchers, taking into account positionality is v…

Dashboards have the power to make complex research accessible to the public and policymakers

While researchers often point to the relevance of their research, economic models and econometric methods are typically inaccessible to a wider audience. Gabriel Ahlfeldt explains how interactive dashboards represent a useful, yet underutilised, tool t…

2023 in review: Rethinking research impact

Research Impact is the ‘raison d’etre’ of the LSE Impact Blog. This review brings together a selection of posts exploring different aspects of impactful research featured on the LSE Impact Blog over the past year. Want to find even mo…

Nudging – a review

In Nudging, Riccardo Viale explores the evolution of nudging (behavioural mechanisms to encourage people to make certain choices) and proposes new approaches that would empower rather than paternalise citizens. In Daniele Sudsataya’s view, the book is …

Asking SMART questions can link sustainability research to practitioner needs

Despite large investments in research and development, India struggles to translate sustainability research into tangible impacts that help solve environmental challenges across its large geography. Anjali Neelakantan and Veena Srinivasan suggest this …

The Political Lives of Information – review

In The Political Lives of Information: Information and the Production of Development in India, Janaki Srinivasan analyses the history of the idea of “information” and its political implications for poverty alleviation through three case studies in Indi…

Social simulations can teach the tacit dimensions of effective policy advice

Drawing on his ethnographic study of government science advisers, Noam Obermeister argues that much of their work involves learning by doing and that by creating realistic social simulations this expertise can be developed in the classroom. Transformat…

A new resource for policy relevant research – Introducing the Areas of Research Interest database

Kathryn Oliver discusses the recent launch of the Areas of Research Interest Database. A new tool that promises to provide a mechanism to link researchers, funders and policymakers more effectively collaboratively and transparently in the UK. Areas of …

E-cigarettes and the Comparative Politics of Harm Reduction: History, Evidence and Policy

In E-cigarettes and the Comparative Politics of Harm Reduction: History, Evidence and Policy, Virginia Berridge, Ronald Bayer, Amy L. Fairchild and Wayne Hall scrutinise the history underlying the current debate over electronic cigarettes. Exploring th…